Over one third of all U.S. adults are obese, and approximately 17% of all U.S. children are obese as well. With obesity on the rise, so are diabetes, cancer, and certain illnesses. Obesity is one of the leading causes of disease, but most people don’t recognize the symptoms until it’s too late. Certain diseases and illnesses are irreversible. It’s important to protect yourself against this epidemic before it even happens.
Most of these diseases will never go away, however you can prevent them from happening, and once developed you can manage them. By eating a healthy diet, staying active, and steering clear of tobacco products and alcohol, by doing this you can protect yourself from these health problems. Unfortunately for many of us, that isn’t the case. We would much rather prefer to eat that juicy hamburger, french-fries, and tasty potato chips, but this is just the start to terrible lifestyle and habits. There are three things you can do to protect yourself, get your blood sugar tested, blood pressure checked, and your waist measured on a regular basis. You may find that you haven’t yet developed any of these problems, or the news might not be so good.
One in Three Americans with pre-diabetes or diabetes don’t even know they have it. Some people just don’t recognize the symptoms, which can be everyday symptoms to begin with. Those signs include fatigue, frequent urination, and extreme thirst. A finger stick test is always the best way to test your blood glucose levels, and even if you have pre-diabetes, this will help you keep your blood sugar under control. Diabetes indicates that your blood sugar is too high and your body is inhibited from producing enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels stable. This can lead to kidney failure, blindness, amputations, death, and much more if left untreated.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is known as a silent killer. About one out of four Americans are not aware they have developed it because there are no visible symptoms. Having hypertension can be very damaging on your heart, brain, kidney, and other organs. Weight reduction is the most significant thing you can do to prevent high blood pressure. You can also take a baby aspirin to help thin the blood, and help lower high blood pressure as well.
Measuring your waist seems like a silly test to begin with, but in all reality it could be the reason why many people are suffering from these diseases. Having a large waist line indicates obesity. Having a lot of belly fat can also indicate a high amount of visceral fat. Visceral fat is the most dangerous type of fat because it only surrounds your inner organs. Too much of a waist can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. Excess abdominal fat also pumps out toxic chemicals to keep you fat and can also cause inflammation. This poisons your organs, especially your liver, and makes it very difficult for them to function properly. Your ideal waist size should be less than half your height. You can also calculate BMI (Body Mass Index) to make sure you are a healthy size. Healthy BMI should fall between 18.4-24.9. Anything higher is considered overweight, anything under is considered underweight.
Obesity is the main causes to these diseases. You can avoid obesity and these life threatening illnesses by living a healthy lifestyle, and getting checked on a regular basis. If you have already developed high blood pressure, diabetes, or other diseases, you can still control it. Eat healthy, stay active, and stay away from harmful substances. This is the only way, besides taking over the counter medication, to keep yourself healthy and in control of your life.